Minnesota Seniors Antiques &
Collecting antiques and other collectibles has
become a hot hobby.
Here you will find lots of useful information about antiques and collectibles
an expert in the field. Along with listings for antique shops, flea markets,
garage sales, craft sale listings, church bazaars, and
so much more!
Deb was born and raised in Anoka County. At
age 45, she currently resides in the town of
Anoka. She has been an antique dealer since
1995. Deb learned to love garage sales and
antiques at a very young age. Her personal
collections include Vintage Jewelry, Tobacco Tins,
Red Wing Pottery, Vintage Furs, Mixing
Bowls/Nesting Bowls, "Sharon" Pattern Depression
Glass, Granite Ware, and much more. Deb
loves music from 1930 to 1965 which includes
artists such as Shirley Horn, Dinah Washington,
The Righteous Brothers, and Patsy Cline.
Her other passions include home-style cooking,
crossword puzzles, and online word games. This
photo was taken at "Antiques Downtown" in Elk
Below you will also find the
with listings for antique shops, flea markets, garage sales, church bazaars,
and so much more! Enjoy!
If you have any questions about antiques you would like
to ask our professional,
there is a link below you can use to contact her
Downtown - 309 Jackson Ave, Downtown Elk River
Three Floors Full
of Treasures for Everyone! 763-441-1818
VALUE OF AN ITEM ??
Notice the 2 question marks above. The value of an item
is always questionable and comes down to who will pay
how much for what -- or -- is it worth more to you to
keep? Some ideas to keep in mind include condition,
age and scarcity. Value is relative. Price is
subjective. Memories are priceless.
Here are some of my thoughts on how to place a dollar
Family value: Ask yourself-- How much
does it mean to keep/treasure/preserve the item?
Perhaps pass the item to a family member rather than
sell? Is there more value to keep or more value to sell
Demand: Who wants the product today and
how much will they pay today to obtain the item? Will
the item increase in value in the future?
Scarcity: How many were made and how many
were kept or collected? Think of Beanie Babies or Santa
Bears with the value of near nothing today. Mass
production and mass collecting will decrease value
dramatically compared to a signature by Frank Sinatra
which is much less scarce.
Selling Cost: How much will it cost you
to sell the item via what venue? Costs attached to
selling an item will impact your profit.
Condition: Take an honest look at the
wear and tear. Are there scratches, chips, dents,
discoloring? Collectors/Buyers want mint condition or
mint in the box. These are sought after and will
increase the value of an item drastically.
Age: What time period is the item from?
Is it from 1700 or 1950 or 2000? A desk built in the
1800’s is worth more than a desk built to look like the
old one but built in 1999. The same “looking” item from
a different time period impacts value greatly. Look out
Need/Use: Can the item be used today?
Does it serve a purpose in the home? An old toaster
that works can still toast toast!
Name Value: Who Just Died or Retired: I
hate to say, but when someone famous passes away, the
value of an item associated with them will increase. We
all know this but don’t want to say it. Painters and
artists are the best example. Do you have an
item/game/toy/doll/record/photo… anything associated
with Dick Clark, Annette Funicello, George Jones. Also,
when a sports star retires, their signed or collectable
items increase in value.
Bottom line is: DEMAND. Basic
economical supply and demand. Money is money. If you
have a rare item that is sought after, it will sell for
more money. If you have an item that is over produced
and not sought after… it will be worth little money –
perhaps less than you paid for it such as Beanie
What is Hot - and -
What is Not:
This list is based on my opinion only
March 5, 2012
HOT selling items:
-Radios - all styles. Floor
standing, table top and transistor.
-10K and 14K gold items.
NOT selling well:
-Avon perfume bottles
-National Geographic Magazines
I hope these lists will also give you some nice gift
ideas for the antique lover in your life! Happy
Antiques With Attitude,
Do you have a question pertaining to antiques or
collectibles that you would like to ask Ms. Chesley? You can
email Deb your
questions directly. She would be happy to answer your questions! Be sure to bookmark this page for future articles
View the archive of Ms. Chesley's
past articles here.
Do you have a question pertaining to antiques or collectibles that you
would like to ask Ms Chesley? Please
email Deb your questions.
Answers to many questions received will appear here.
May 25, 2013 - Stillwater Antique
8:00 am Location: National Guard Amory 107 E.
Chestnut, Stillwater 55082. Preview begins
Friday, May 24th 12 P.M. - 8 P.M. and again
Saturday morning at 7 A.M. Auction begins at
8:00am Saturday. For Info: call 651-565-4801 or
go to web:
June 1 & 2, 2013 –
15th Annual Anoka Antique Show Craft and Flea Market - Anoka hosts over 100 antique dealers locally as well as
out of state. The size of the show is just right for a
day to browse, shop, and look for that special item.
Antiques, Vintage, and Decorating Items, items in all
price ranges and collecting categories can be found.
Good Food, Prize Drawings, Register for a visa gift
card. Located at the Anoka Fairgrounds (1/2 mile
North of Highway 10 on Ferry Street (Hwy 47), Anoka.
The regular admission price for Saturday and Sunday is
$4.00. Children 12 and under are free with parents.
Get a Special $1 Off Coupon Visit
August 3 & 4,
2013 – 22nd Annual Cambridge Antique Fair - Where: Isanti County Fairgrounds - Cambridge,
Minnesota When: Saturday, August 3rd -
8am-5pm & Sunday, August 4th - 9am-4pm. Cambridge
hosts over 100 of antique dealers from all over
the Mid-West, so you’re bound to see lots of
antiques that you haven’t seen elsewhere. Items in
all price ranges and collecting categories can be
found. The size of the show is just about right
for a day-trek from many of the region's
population centers and countryside. Many varied
concessions for your enjoyment, Prize Drawings,
Register for a visa gift card. The regular
admission price for Saturday and Sunday is $6.00.
Remember, children 12 and under are free with
Click Here for more information.
Get a Special $1 Off Coupon
Every Monday Night: Auctions presented by Luther Auction House,
2556 7th Avenue East in Maplewood. For more information, call 651-770-6175 or
Click Here For Details
Every Wednesday through Sunday Pac Ratz Flea
Market Indoor/Outdoor flea market featuring
over 40 vendors, there's something for everyone!
Located at Hwy 65 & Constance Blvd, in Ham Lake.
For more information, call 763-413-1400 or
Click Here For Details
Last Saturday of the Month: Antique and Collector Auction
presented by Brown Auction 13229 St. Croix Avenue in Lindstrom. Estates and
consignments welcome! For more information, call 612-598-9031 or
Click Here For Details
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